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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph William Eisbrenner (1918-2012)

Civil servant, municipal official.

Born on 21 December 1918, he served in the Canadian military during the Second World War as a member of the Natural Resources Mobilization Unit. He carried out intelligence and reconnaissance missions in occupied territories, facilitated by his fluency in the German language. In 1946, he returned to his family at Emerson where, two years later, he joined Canada Customs and Immigration as an immigration officer. He retired in 1985. He served as Mayor of Emerson from 1976 to 1983, including during the major Red River flood of 1979, and he was a New Democratic candidate in the 1981 provincial general election. He died at Emerson on 26 July 2012 and was buried in the Emerson Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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